Poppy’s genderqueer Anthem

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Rising pop star Poppy released her second studio album yesterday and one of the album’s songs is a proud anthem for all genderqueer and non-binary people in the world. The album, Am I a Girl?, has a single of the same name on it.

Please don’t complicate me
I don’t understand
Sometimes I’m feminine
Sometimes I’m masculine
Don’t evaluate me as woman or man
Am I a girl?
Am I a boy?
What does that even mean?
I’m somewhere in between

It’s a catchy techno pop track and a proud song for an underrepresented part of the queer community. Identifying as genderqueer, genderfluid, or non-binary means not subscribing to conventional gender norms.

Rather than strictly identifying along the male/female binary, people who are genderqueer identify with both genders, neither, or a combination. Actors Asia Kate Dillon, Ruby Rose, and Tommy Dorfman all identify as genderfluid. Drag queens like Aja and Courtney Act also identify on the genderqueer spectrum.

In an interview with Nylon, Poppy discussed her own identity: ‘Some days I feel like a boy, some days I feel like a girl, so I haven’t figured it out yet.’

“Revelation” from Boy Erased

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Troye Sivan and Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi have released “Revelation” from the soundtrack of the gay conversion therapy drama Boy Erased. The film, adapted from the memoir by Garrard Conley, stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Russell Crowe as well as Troye.

Boy Erased recounts Arkansas native Conley’s life growing up in a religious home and being sent away to gay conversion therapy, an ordeal he would survive but which would drastically affect his life.

Troye spoke to Stephen Colbert in September about learning of the experience boys who enter gay conversion “therapy” go through: “The thing that was most hurtful about it… I remember being so relieved – I’m gay by the way – when I came out to myself, because I was like ‘it’s not something I can change. It’s not something I have to fight any more. It’s just something I have to navigate and accept.’ And so that was the big moment for me, and the second that these kids or sometimes adults arrived at these camps, that was taken away from them and they were told immediately, ‘no, you weren’t born like this. this is a God-shaped hole that you’re trying to fill with these homosexual tendencies.’”

Imagining being 15 again when I was at my most vulnerable, and having that put back on me and being set up with that impossible task of trying to change this thing that ultimately is unchangeable, it’s just one of the most damaging things I can imagine. And so I really hope that the movie is going to speak to – I really want to communicate with parents as to just how much your reaction to your kid coming out can really change their lives.”

1999

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Have you ever wondered what the iconic scene in Titanic would look like with Troye Sivan and Charli XCX as Jack and Rose? Well, wonder no longer.

Charli XCX and Troye Sivan just released the music video for “1999.” The video continues the song’s heavy ’90s-inspired theme, referencing various pop culture moments, movies, and celebrities, like Britney Spears, Titanic, and The Matrix.

Turn Off the Light

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Budding trans pop star Kim Petras has been teasing something spooky for the past few weeks with cryptic photos, and now we know why: at midnight on October 1, she dropped a banging Halloween mixtape, Turn Off the Light, Vo1. 1.

The eight-track project is a departure for Petras, whose bright and bouncy escapist pop gets twisted on tracks like “Tell Me It’s a Nightmare,” “TRANSylvania” and the title track, which features none other than Halloween queen Elvira — yes, fucking Elvira! Turn Off the Light sounds like the soundtrack to a campy 80s horror film — Thriller from a femme perspective.

It’s darker and sexier than anything Petras has released, and also features her first time singing in German (her native language) on standout “In the Next Life,” giving Petras her “Scheiße” moment on a track that fuses her pop sensibility with pounding techno.

Petras — who is currently on tour with Troye Sivan — said about the mixtape that she loves to “get stoned and listen to it in full.” It’s a new side of Petras, whose music so far has been “very bright and bubblegum, which I love…but I love all kinds of music and I have different sides to me. And I just feel like this is the way that I’m showing people that I’m not just extremely sugary, even though it has it’s really sugary moments.” You can listen to the full album for free on Spotify.

The Non-Binary Band Gaylord fights Nazis with Black Metal

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Unfortunately, black metal — the genre of metal known for heavy distortion, fast tempos and growled vocals — has a bit of an image problem. A lot of the best-known bands, like Burzum, are known for being murderous white supremacists. But thankfully, there’s been a backlash growing.

Recently, the band Neckbeard Deathcamp went viral for song titles like “Incel Warfare” and “The Fetishization of Asian Women Despite a Demand for a Pure White Race.” But they’re not alone, and the metal band Gaylord is making what it calls an “enby black metal assault” (enby stands for N.B., as in non-binary or genderqueer).

In a new interview with Noisey, the lead creator behind the metal band Gaylord stepped out of anonymity. It turns out Gaylord is the project of Richard Weeks, a non-binary person known for their label, Blackened Death Records, and other bands Olivia Neutered John and Suicide Wraith.

“I knew when I was a young teenager that I didn’t fit in my skin very well. I always felt like I was meant to be born a woman. And now, at 36 years old, I am only discovering the right words to describe who I am,” Weeks says. “I identify now as non-binary. I had no idea this term even existed when I was a kid. I just felt … different.”

Gaylord often uses humour in their songs, even though Weeks takes the music and politics very seriously. We particularly like the lyrics of “Summoning Krieg Facebook Legions”:

“We rule this kingdom / Glorious unchained white race / Only listen to NSBM [National Socialist Black Metal] / And J-pop from my Japanese animes.”

Weeks says, “I think that there are multiple angles to tackle fascism and hatred. You have the ‘serious’ bands like Dawn Ray’d and Underdark writing very serious songs about destroying fascism — which is great. What you have with Neckbeard Deathcamp and Gaylord is a different approach. There is a bit of comedy rolled in — absurd comedy. I mean, I don’t think we’ll ever get to drown Richard Spencer in Baja Blast, but seeing that man get punched so hard he spiralled into the land of obscurity is equally as lovely.”

You can buy Gaylord’s album for any price you choose over at Bandcamp or listen to it on Spotify.

Watch the TNT Boys slay in Drag

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Competitive music reality shows have become a staple pop culture. But with shows like Britain’s Got TalentAmerican Idol and The Voice, it seems like we’re just consistently recycling the same idea with different judges.

A Philippino game show called Your Face Sounds Familiar has pulled us out of that funk. The show has contestants impersonating celebrities and performing their hit songs. Sing them, mind you, not lip-sync. This season, their contestants are all children, and  this week’s winners sure were something else.

TNT Boys are a musical trio who took on the the Nicki Minaj/Jessie J/Ariana Grande bop, “Bang Bang.” And they pulled it off flawlessly in full drag. After taking home the grand prize, we’re ready to see them master a Drag Race Philippines spin-off.